Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Impromptu Wine and Cheese Dinner

I went to the grocery store in mind to have BBQ chicken and maybe some light summery salads - caprese and watermelon & jicama. After we got home and unpacked the bags all I wanted was cheese, fruit, and wine. So we saved the chicken for another meal and went to town throwing together an impromptu cheese platter. This is what we came up with! Starting from the cantaloupe slices going L-R ( once for the outer circle which stops at the balsamic cippolini's and then a second circle for the fish/meat area.)
Cantaloupe, An Italian Cheese ( similar to a Gouda), Espresso Lavender Cheddar, Candied Pecans, Boursin Gourmay Cheese, Red Grapes, Strawberries, Balsamic Soaked Cippolini's, Smoked Fish, Roast Beef, and Rosemary Ham

A close up of one of my little platters - cantaloupe wrapped in ham ( similar to cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto) a few grapes, and bread with roasted garlic and boursin cheese with a glass of rose. That's some serious yum right there.An awful picture of us. We went for a 90 minute hike/walk/stair climb and it was upper 70's/80's here and hot. I got a bit of a sunburn going on and I need a shower but who cares right?

To end the meal, we had homemade vanilla bean ice cream with fresh strawberries. I haven't quite figured out how to make homemade ice cream without it getting a bit icy/slushy and not quite smooth and fully frozen. It just is more slushy and milky but still tastes yummy none the less.

I might add part of my favorite part of the meal was that we left the TV off and we listened to some of our favorite records and lit a candle. It was nice to spend some quality time together, talking, snuggling, eating and relaxing!



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